On paper, it's extremely impressive that Sony crammed 3D capability into a pocket camcorder - and not the old-fashioned blue-red (anaglyph) technology either. The Bloggie 3D shoots real stereoscopic 3D. But cut through the wow factor, and how does the Bloggie shape up as a pocket camcorder?
With the ability to take 1080/60p video, the Panasonic HDC-SD800 shoots footage that is undoubtedly of high quality. But is there much more to it than that?
When Cisco abruptly shuttered its Flip pocket camcorder division this week, armchair analysts attributed the pocket camcorder's demise to competition from video-capable smartphones. However, a closer look reveals that this is probably not the case.
In a move to realign company interests and focus on enterprise customers in the wake of recent losses, Cisco is shutting down its Flip Video production division, signaling the decline of the pocket camcorder industry.
The Modern 3D era began in 2004 with The Polar Express. In the seven years since then, 3D imaging technology has migrated from the massive Hollywood rigs and post production processes to consumer tech, notably the entry-level Sony Cyber-shot and Bloggie line.
Sony hopes the Handycam HDR-TD10 will usher in a new era of camcorders as it will be the company's first 3D consumer device. DigitalCameraReview received extensive hands-on time with the 3D Handycam, which Sony claims are the first production units to roll off the line.
The Panasonic HDC-SD80 is a mid-range camcorder offering 1080/60i resolution, 3 megapixel stills, 33.7mm wide-angle lens and Panasonic's Intelligent Auto and other advanced features. Does all that add up to a quality HD camcorder? Read the HDC-SD80 review to find out.
Toshiba may not be known for its prowess in the pocket camcorder market, but that doesn't mean it should be counted out. Its latest offering, the Camileo S30, hops on the touch-control bandwagon and tries to compete with the best with a user-friendly design.
The Kodak PlayTouch pocket HD camcorder is a slim touch-based successor to the well-received Zi8. Sony showed us how touch should be done in a pocket camcorder with the Bloggie Touch, can Kodak also teach us a few tricks? Read the Kodak PlayTouch review.
Cameras and camcorders galore; here's what Panasonic's rolling out during the first quarter of 2011, prices and release dates included.
CES is over, and this much is clear: the major camcorder manufacturers each staked out unique ground in the market by announcing devices to please various consumer segments. That is to say, no matter what you prefer in a device, manufacturers are targeting you in 2011.
In addition to the six consumer-level HD camcorders Panasonic announced at CES, the company also has something in store for the more serious videographer to the tune of three new prosumer HD camcorders, each sporting Panasonic's vaunted 3MOS image sensor.
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